Offshoots of Mike Isabella’s Kapnos now span an airport, a ballpark, and a mall. Visit any of his four standalone Greek restaurants and it’s easy to see why. Luxurious dips such as taramasalata, vibrant vegetables, and inventive cocktails are pleasers across locations. Kapnos Kouzina, in Bethesda, showcases more rustic dishes such as fried chicken with burnt-honey harissa and stone-baked flatbreads, while Kapnos Taverna in Arlington channels the Greek Islands with raw-bar items and an impressive shellfish platter. Head to the DC flagship for smoky lamb shoulder and whole chicken slowly turning on the wood-fired rotisserie. Moderate.
Also great: Spanakopita; tzatziki; saganaki; cauliflower with feta; gigandes beans; shrimp makaronia; spiced goat; doughnuts with mint ice cream.